Strong and confident families, communities and services
Research tells us that people who experience severe and prolonged trauma can suffer severe psychological and physical health consequences.
The Inner Gippsland CYAP is building a trauma-informed community by developing a common understanding of trauma and evidence-driven strategies to respond to it. The Putting Trauma on the Map taskforce was established following the Innovation Bootcamp in 2015, and is led by Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Trauma-Informed Education for Local Staff
The taskforce is working to build the competency and capacity of practitioners working in trauma care so that all adults involved with children and young people are able to identify the signs of trauma and respond appropriately.
In 2018, the taskforce commissioned the Australian Childhood Foundation to deliver a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma in Moe. The course was completed by 25 practitioners across local health and community sector organisations. $100,000 was contributed by the IGCYAP to fund the course.
Practice changes are being implemented as a result of this work. Graduates developed trauma-informed support tools for their organisations – such as a bespoke fact sheet on trauma - and staff reported mindset and practice shifts: I have changed my thinking about how I approach (cases) and the recommendations I give for these and even educating parents and teachers about what is going on for that child.
This has also demonstrated the importance of providing local opportunities to build staff competency and skills. (I was) very excited that it was local and supported financially and very keen to get staff on it. We don’t get opportunities like this often.
Strengthening our research, evidence and knowledge
The Research and Evidence taskforce is led by Federation University to advance research in the partnership’s priority areas. The outcomes of the research will support front-line staff to adopt evidence-based practices that will achieve meaningful and sustainable impact on the causes of vulnerability.
Gippsland Collaborative Centre for Innovation, Research and Practice
The Gippsland Collaborative Centre for Innovation, Research and Practice will advance and apply research and evidence to improve outcomes for children, young people and families within our local community.
The Learning and Knowledge Exchange Dialogues are opportunities for diverse system practitioners and community members to come together and build a shared understanding of new research findings and best practices from across sectors.
Learning and Knowledge Exchanges aim to:
- Facilitate strong engagement and collaboration between researchers, service providers, practitioners and the community
- Support the development and distribution of a stronger evidence base
- Capture innovative programs
- Promote a shared understanding of good quality evidence and best practice across sectors.
- Are interactive to enable ample opportunity for participation, discussion and exploration of the practical application of learning in practice
- Focus on building and nurturing the relationships between those who produce research and those who might use research knowledge to enable an exchange of information, ideas and experience.
- Integral to the exchange is to build capacity to use research knowledge and to ensure that research is relevant to the needs.
The Inner Gippsland Area Partnership has established the Collaborative Research Initiative in partnership with Federation University to advance research and support the adoption of evidence based practice in areas that address the vulnerability of children, young people and families in the Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe City and South Gippsland local government areas.
Collaborative Research Initiative
The Research Initiative provides the opportunity for practitioners to enhance their collective knowledge to inform practice, build regional workforce capability, and influence policy and service design. The research will also support organisations to design, implement and evaluate evidence-informed interventions, promote cross-sector collaboration and generate evidence-informed approaches to supporting vulnerable children, young people and families.
PhD and Masters candidates are awarded industry-sponsored scholarships to undertake their research. Scholarships have already been awarded to local candidates to undertake research in the following areas:
- Engaging Young People living in out-of-home care as decision-makers and leaders to bring about attitudinal, organisational and systemic change in out-of-home care
- Improving, embedding and sustaining the trauma-informed practice of practitioners
- Exploring if identifying, engaging and supporting young people early reduces offending
- Exploring why vulnerable families fall out of the system and/or disengage from family
The Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership is recruiting our second round of sponsored PhD candidates to join the Collaborative Research Initiative.
We are testing place-based approaches that supports children to thrive in the first 1000 days (age 0-2)
Video: Inner Gippsland CYAP - First 1000 Days
We know that growing up in disadvantage has a major negative influence on a child’s life and outcomes. We also know that this can be addressed.
Our focus on the ‘First 1000 Days’ is based on evidence that:
- Children’s early experiences influence brain development
- Adult health, wellbeing and capability have origins in environments of early child rearing
- Good preventive strategies and programs for children in their early years do work, and
- Interventions in the early years deliver positive future outcomes.
The Inner Gippsland Area Partnership is using a co-design approach, working in partnership with stakeholders, industry experts, community and service users to generate new insights and solutions to ensure all children thrive in their first 1000 days.
A whole-of-community symposium was held at the conclusion of the co-design process in May 2017 to share the insights and solutions that have been developed.
We have three taskforces in local government areas within Inner Gippsland who are each approaching this question from a different lens:
Baw Baw Family-Friendly taskforce
- Establishing family friendly places and brand utilising existing infrastructure such as retail business, libraries, offices and community services. These places will be welcoming accessible and easily identified with the icons displayed on their doors offering a range of information and services that families have identified as important
- Supporting and promoting local businesses and workplaces to provide a family-friendly culture and employer of choice difference
- Promoting and developing family friendly events and green spaces and environment allowing for community connections
- Developing a Mobile App which will support and connect families to identify their local places and supports
Korumburra Project taskforce
- Increase families connections to their town and support services
- Ensure all children living in Korumburra get the best start in life
- Improve literacy of children
- Increase coordination across services
- Foster a love of learning in the local community for both child and parent
- Build parenting confidence and support parents as the first educators in their child's life.
The Journey – Latrobe City taskforce
- Develop a Boorai Book and providing parents with assistance to complete the book
- Provide fathers with opportunities and support to also be involved in the journey by participating in all of the prenatal classes and including them in the birthing process
- Boorai Boxes – every Boorai gets a box with a mattress and culturally appropriate items to welcome them, the box can be used for Boorai to sleep in – social enterprise opportunities
- Welcome Boorai to Country Ceremony. A ceremony for all new Boorai will be held during NAIDOC week
This priority is further supported by the work of the HealthCare that Counts taskforce.